PS1 to PS5 – The Evolution of PlayStation

Join us as we chronicle the history of PlayStation, from the launch of the original console in 1994, to the PS5 launch in 2020.

Correction: The PS3 didn’t require PS Plus to play multiplayer, that requirement came with the PS4.

We’re on the cusp of the PlayStation 5โ€™s launch, so now is a perfect time to look back at the journey that led Sony to this moment, and celebrate PlayStation’s past.ย 

In the video above, Lucy chronicles the history of the Japanese tech giant’s foray into the gaming space, from the wildly successful launch of the original PlayStation back in 1994, to breaking into the American market, to the rapid growth over the last 25 years. From hardware launches, revisions, and partnerships to peripherals, and of course, the games that we love on PlayStation, we delve deeply through the history of the console family.ย 

She also stops to examine the evolution of the DualShock controller, from its humble beginnings to its reinvention as the new DualSense Wireless Controller. We recently had hands-on time with it, and it’s a marked improvement on the DualShock 4. PlayStation 5 launches on November 12 in the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea, and on November 19 in the rest of the world.

50 Comments

  1. jessiejlp1987 on April 23, 2021 at 12:11 am

    I still have my ps2 for the Prince of Persia trilogy. I refuse to part with it. It still works perfectly!

  2. Joshua Dale on April 23, 2021 at 12:13 am

    WHO CARES ABOUT THE PS5 MILLIONS STILL WITH APRIL 2021 HERE NOW STILL CANT EVEN GET A PS5….WE WILL ALL BE ON PS4 AND PRO FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER 2 YEARS

  3. Steady Cuzzin on April 23, 2021 at 12:14 am

    I remember being 12 Years old owning the PlayStation 1.
    Now I’m 36 Years old and I now own the amazing PlayStation 5.

    Where tf did the time go???

  4. Yobill Lin on April 23, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Amazing Cobsole it is

  5. Peter Ruf on April 23, 2021 at 12:18 am

    You literally left out Final Fantasy VII on the PS1

  6. Plasma Mb3 Gaming on April 23, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Who else almost jumped out of their seat when they played the PS2 sound?
    Ahh memories.

  7. Jesus Gonzalez on April 23, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Fun fact ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š
    PlayStation was to supposed to be call PSX but due to negative effects of the word X ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™€๏ธin Japanese culture ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตthey decided to call it PlayStation 1 x means Traitors have revenge on Nintendo
    After Sony signed up a deal with Nintendo with the CD ROM Nintendo decided to sign up with another company and that’s why
    so they decided to call the PlayStation 1 it’s not PSX it’s called PlayStation 1 2 3 and 4 ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ•น๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

  8. noxjon on April 23, 2021 at 12:21 am

    L

  9. MMGtheSERBIANqyqypoa on April 23, 2021 at 12:21 am

    stop torturing Orthodox Christians refugees in ft hood texas

  10. phoenixkissme on April 23, 2021 at 12:22 am

    PS5 how many sales in the first month?

  11. Alessandrรธ B. on April 23, 2021 at 12:22 am

    *ye im bri’ish howed you know?*

  12. Alexander Travis on April 23, 2021 at 12:22 am

    I still have a PS1 and a few games for it

  13. cyshadowx on April 23, 2021 at 12:23 am

    miss informed the ps3 was always had and still has free online multiplayer ps plus just added free games ps4 has paid online gaming not ps3

  14. ClayFace09 on April 23, 2021 at 12:25 am

    I love Playstation

  15. JLummin on April 23, 2021 at 12:26 am

    well the obvious is PS5 Slim. just recently got my PS shipped to me after months of cancelled orders and missed chances due to bots. first impressions is the thing is huge!

  16. Jesus Gonzalez on April 23, 2021 at 12:26 am

    To Gamespot ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž
    this video was an awesome entertainment and educated historical video thank you๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ•น๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ•น๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

  17. Williams Grander on April 23, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Just got my Gmail account recovered through the Effective Work of XENDACYBER on lnstagram he’s the best๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ‘

  18. Zumar Hossain on April 23, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I donโ€™t want to flex or act spoiled but
    I have
    1.PS3
    2.PS4
    3.PS4 SLIM
    4.PS4 PRO
    5.PS5

  19. minh bui quang on April 23, 2021 at 12:29 am

    So, when will it officially be launched?

  20. Iโ€™m AG on April 23, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Ahhh nostalgia

  21. Ognjen Isakovic on April 23, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Why did’t mention ps1 and ps2 slim versions?

  22. johnson john on April 23, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Thanks to those who recommended me to *Techwiz0* on Instagram, he just got my faulty PS5 fixed now and he’s working perfectly now

  23. Rebel1266 on April 23, 2021 at 12:30 am

    I love the ps4 and ps3!!!

  24. Hastomo Hadi on April 23, 2021 at 12:33 am

    I can’t believe that time has been passed so fast. I’am now 36 years old and own both ps3 and brand new ps5 ๐Ÿ˜.

  25. Kaneplayzc936 Charleston on April 23, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Ps3 was 3 years older than me

  26. Dollaazz on April 23, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Should do among us video LOL

  27. # Achillies on April 23, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Ps1 – 100,000,000 units
    ps2 – 100,000,000 units
    ps3 – 100,000,000 units
    ps4 – 100,000,000
    ps5 – 50 units

  28. Kamal Stringer on April 23, 2021 at 12:40 am

    I always wanted a PocketStation ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ but I could never find one in my area when I had my PS1

  29. Joan James on April 23, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Got *Techwiz0* on Instagram to fix crashing problem! He’s completely reliable! I was almost giving up on my new ps5

  30. ProgameRZ SI on April 23, 2021 at 12:41 am

    i got a ps3 super slim and ps5

  31. Chipsy Bassis on April 23, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Can the PS5 be produced by 100 mill and if they some magical way can produce so many after them build ping so little as of launch but if there is a magical way will this 1000+ console really be BOUGHT by the people who got the 4 for prices of certain PCs

  32. Robert Marston on April 23, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Legendary video game consoles

  33. Austin Jenkins on April 23, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Playstation 2 baby right here

  34. Funny on April 23, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Who else just watched this randomly

  35. Venom Neff on April 23, 2021 at 12:44 am

    First 2 PlayStations were the best

  36. Kaneplayzc936 Charleston on April 23, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Playstation hack is the year I was born lollllll

  37. Adam Ford on April 23, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Proud PS fan since basically birth! I have had all PS consoles, and I am currently very happy with my PS5!!! ๐Ÿ–ค

  38. kuitlahuak rafael argumedo vera on April 23, 2021 at 12:51 am

    USA Goverment created Xbox to compite with Asians.

  39. Mr. Murphy on April 23, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Heard the PS5 will be the last console from Sony

  40. AdmiraIGenitaI on April 23, 2021 at 12:54 am

    cool video

  41. Day Dreamer1171 on April 23, 2021 at 12:55 am

    I still have my ps2! I played thrillville on it recently and it brought back so many memories that game was one of my favorites! I hope they remake that for ps4

  42. Neptune X12 on April 23, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Sony ruined cool things with crappy updates

  43. TWIST on April 23, 2021 at 12:55 am

    PS1 and PS2 are the best selling consoles ever.

  44. miguel martinez on April 23, 2021 at 12:57 am

    those stingy fuckers after about a month or two took back thier im sorry games for 2011 hack

  45. Kaneplayzc936 Charleston on April 23, 2021 at 12:57 am

    I wasted even in my moms belly when ps series started

  46. Jonas Lee Sr. on April 23, 2021 at 1:00 am

    I’m loving my ps5 right now. I’ve always had a playstation since ps1

  47. Harry carrick on April 23, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Ps2 will always be the best

  48. Mickael Mc on April 23, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Playing PS3 online was FREE. It still is!
    How did you get this wrong??

  49. nintendo switch guy lee on April 23, 2021 at 1:10 am

    The ps5 is cool and it’s awesome
    Even my uncle have a PS4 even i want a PS4 and a ps5 but i got a blue and red Nintendo switch. Guys ps5 is way awesome dude’s

  50. King Artem on April 23, 2021 at 1:11 am

    โ€œ2017 was uneventfulโ€- didnโ€™t RE7 released that year? ๐Ÿ‘€

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